Update 4/23/2013: Seller contacted me to tell me the original block is included. I guess this mitigates some of the ‘original engine’ perceptions. Can perceptions be mitigated? Hmmm.
Giulietta Spider 10125*10115. This clean Spider is available through Hemmings right now. They seem to let their listings ride for months -probably to keep the overall site listing count from dipping below some minimum, so there’s no guarantee it’s still available, but a quick call to the seller should tell. The car is very clean and shiny, with compelling, although way too dark to reveal much of the details images. If you are in the market for an early LWB Spider Veloce and $99,500 doesn’t scare you off, you should book a trip to PA and go take it for a drive.
Nearly invisible door shut lines? Check. Borrani wheels? Check. 20 footer? Check. Car looks really good, but these images are too dark and too low resolution to be more than marginally useful. Enough to base a trip to PA on I guess.
I have to assume the trunk seal rubber is the new stuff that pushes the lid open. Looks like the current batch of repro tail lights.
About the right amount of yellow in the gauges.
Original engine was an 00106 Veloce. They say a crack was discovered and repaired but ultimately a different engine was used. This is 1315*4350X. Intake and all that is the 101 Veloce stuff. It all looks great, but I’m not sure the best path was taken. A 101 Spider engine would have been cheaper to source and been more correct than the 750 unit used. Either way, I suspect the price doesn’t accurately reflect the lack of the original or at least an original 00106 engine. Thought experiment: Given two identical restored Spider Veloce specimens for the same money (say red ones for $100,000) -one with original engine and one without, I and probably anyone else would go for the matching number car. Start shaving $1000’s off the non-matching car, at what point would I jump on the non-matcher? $95,000? $90,000? Tough call.
The above of course leads us into the general ‘engine number’ discussion. Does a documented matching engine add any value? What is your opinion?